US STOCKS-Futures slightly lower as investors await Yellen speech

martes 29 de marzo de 2016 07:18 GYT

* Futures down: Dow 39 pts, S&P 4.25 pts, Nasdaq 5.25 pts

By Yashaswini Swamynathan

March 29 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks index futures were slightly lower on Tuesday as investors await Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's speech for clues about when the central bank may raise interest rates.

* Yellen, who is due to speak before the Economic Club of New York at 12:20 p.m. ET (1620 GMT), will make her first remarks since the Fed's meeting in March.

* The central bank has said it will depend on economic data before it makes a decision on rates, but several policymakers have voiced support for more than one increase this year.

* Investors will keep a close eye on Yellen's remarks as they look for fresh drivers that could push stocks higher. The S&P 500 is back in the red for the year after a five-week rally fizzled out.

* U.S. stocks ended flat on Monday on low volumes after data pointing to a sluggish economic recovery reduced concerns of rate hikes and a dip in oil prices pushed down energy stocks.

* Crude oil fell about 2 percent as analysts forecast that U.S. stockpiles would touch record levels.

* The Conference Board's consumer confidence index, due to be released at 10:00 a.m. ET, is expected to have risen to 94 in March from 92.2 in February.   Continuación...